Life in Syria: Syrian Radio Host Speaks Out

Recently NPR’s Morning Edition spoke with Syrian radio personality Honey al-Sayed. A popular morning host, al-Sayed loved her job, until civil war broke out in the country and both sides of the fighting wanted her to be their mouthpiece. One morning she woke up and decided to leave the country–the pressure was too much. She had a visa to the U. S. and now lives in Washington, D. C. She continues to host a radio show via an online broadcast, to reach Syrians in the States and back home.

Read the full story transcript or listen to the interview here.

NPR host David Greene asked al-Sayed what Americans are not seeing or understanding about the conflict in Syria. She replied:

There’s so much more to Syria than what they receive on the news. There are human beings that are being killed, tortured, detained–young women, men, as young as one-year-old–being sniped. They’re selling their organs. They’re hungry. They eat leaves and cats. There are sham marriages. There’s prostitution. There’s everything else so that they can survive.

So I just want to say shame on the world that this can still go on. That we are still thinking of what are we going to do to stop it? It’s going to be three years. There’s almost 15,000 of what we know of that have been killed already. There’s not one Syrian family today that doesn’t have missing person on their table, if they have a table to eat their dinner on. Whether that person had to force to leave or whether that person has been killed, or missing, or detained, there is always some missing Syrian somewhere. So the humanitarian crisis is a catastrophe.

Continue to pray for the country of Syria. Pray for twelve nuns that were abducted early this week from the historically Christian town of Maaloula.

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